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Stafford in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI Towns & Cities in the Great War

By Nick Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781473860339
Published: 27th March 2017

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Stafford in the Great War tells the fascinating story of a county town and its people between the catastrophic years of 1914-18 .

The title was written as a companion volume to the author's earlier work, Stafford at War 1939-45, and adopts the same successful formula. The book examines the work of local men and women on the Home Front, before providing details of the towns contribution in every theatre of the war.

Early chapters examine the role of Staffordians who served in the British Expeditionary Force, nicknamed The Contemptible Little Army by Kaiser Wilhelm II, and who took part in the Christmas Truce, 1914. The story of the Stafford Territorials of the Stafford Battery, the Staffordshire Yeomanry and the North and South Staffordshire Regiments is also explained, along with the fate of Kitcheners Volunteer Army.

The events surrounding the service of a number of local men are recorded in some detail, along with the exploits of men who fought in all of the armed services and support units. Collectively, their stories help outline the course of the war.

Staffordians won 120 gallantry awards during the conflict, and those that are not referred to in the main body of the text may be found in an appendix. Also listed are the names and service details of over 400 men whose names were omitted from the towns war memorial.

Very good local history. 10/10

The Great War magazine, July 2017 - reviewed by Mark Marsay
 Nick Thomas

About Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas is a former archaeologist and finds expert. He currently works as Collections Officer for a local authority, having been manager of the ground-breaking Stafford Castle Visitor Centre and Museum, with which he has a 35 year association. Nick has contributed history articles to a number of archaeological journals and the local press, while finding time to work on many of the ‘digs’ in his home town. In recent years he has co-written the definitive history of his home town and is currently writing a companion volume on Staffordshire.

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